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Steve McClaren now favourite for Birmingham job – Fans not happy…

4 years ago

When you have just managed to get rid of Harry Redknapp, the last thing you want to hear is that Steve McClaren is now hot favourite to replace him.

This is clearly not the news that Birmingham fans wanted to hear.

Especially judging from the comments below…

Nine months ago The Blues sacked Gary Rowett just after losing heavily to Newcastle United.

At that point they were seventh in the Championship table.

Since then they have had the nightmares of Zola and Redknapp, can Steve McClaren now make it three disasters in nine months?

Birmingham fans comment on their top Independent Blues Forum:

‘I fear we are going to end up with Steve McClaren and then that’s me done…’

‘Birmingham mail reporting that the executives have jetted in to oversee appointment of new manager, could this be imminent? McLaren?

‘It’s a poor list of managers being touted everywhere. Same old faces and names I get sick of reading about.’

‘McLaren is not my first choice. No offense but he hasn’t set the world alight with Newcastle or Derby.’

‘Surely not the umbrella man.

This is the longest nightmare ever.’

‘So does using an umbrella to stay dry in torrential rain automatically preclude someone for consideration?

If so, I think we should ask all the candidates if they have ever used an umbrella and throw them off the short list if they answer in the affirmative.’

‘It gives the perception of I’m alright Jack. It is far better to display the suffering of the elements as the guys who are playing for you, it gives a sense of all being in the same boat.

Lead by example and never ask someone to do something you would not do yourself. If that means standing in the rain getting soaked barking instructions then so be it. But dont make yourself look like a toff with your cromby umbrella and shiny shoes.’

‘I will support whoever the manager is, but I’m worried.’

‘Not a great list as many have mentioned but out of Karanka, McClaren & Pearson I’d pick Pearson, just don’t bloody let it be McClaren please!!’

‘Karanka would be my choice, better not be McClaren.’

‘With Pearson and McClaren you have two British managers who we know will be pretty one dimensional, with old school techniques and ways of coaching.

Thats fine if you are happy with that. It’s not exciting though, as there is only so far that can get you now.’

‘I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … and again and again, if necessary,. Anyone but McClaren.’

‘I dread our owners will announce they’ve gone foreign again and appointed… Schteeve McLaren.’

‘As for Steve McClaren, I hope this is just rumours, as I won’t be happy.’

The Mag – 21 August 2017:

Steve McClaren has found another job, five months after being sacked by Derby County for the second time in under two years.

After being overlooked for a number of jobs in the Championship, the one time Newcastle Head Coach has turned up in Israel.

Steve McClaren will work with Jordi Cruyff, who played for Manchester United when McClaren was assistant to Ferguson.

Maccabi Tel Aviv were league runners up last season but went down 3-0 at home to Beitar Jerusalem on Sunday at home, in their first match of the season.

Announcing Steve McClaren as a ‘Coaching Consultant’, Mitch Goldhar, the owner of the club, said he was ‘delighted to add a person of his calibre’.

Steve McClaren:

“I have huge respect for such a well-known club, both in Israel and in Europe.

“I intend to help Jordi and the players achieve success for the fans this season.”

Mitch Goldhar – Maccabi Tel Aviv owner:

Steve McClaren has a wealth of knowledge and is vastly experienced at the highest levels of European football.

“We are delighted to add a person of his calibre to our staff on a coaching consultant role.”


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